January 24, 1979 - Present
The most decorated female wrestler in U.S. history, Kristie Davis won nine World medals, equaling the legendary Bruce Baumgartner for the most World medals in United States history.
The Albany, New York native holds the American records in women's freestyle for most world teams, most medals, and most finals appearances. Davis competed in 10 World Championships and was a seven-time finalist, winning gold medals in 2000 and 2003 and silver medals in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2007. She captured bronze medals in 2002 and 2006. Davis helped the United States capture the World Championship team title in 1999, the first and only American women’s team to accomplish the feat.
In 1996 at the age of 17, she captured a silver medal in her first Senior World Championships. Two years later, displaying the toughness, competitive nature and pinning prowess for which she is known, Davis pinned three opponents on her way to a gold medal in the 1998 Junior World Championships – the first time the U.S. fielded a women’s team at the event.
She was named Women's Wrestler of the Year by USA Wrestling five times (1998, 2000, 2002, 2006 and 2007), which is more than any other wrestler since the award began in 1993. Davis was a nine-time U.S. Open champion who competed in four Olympic Trials, placing second once and third twice. She was a four-time University Nationals champion, and won two Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association national championships for Oklahoma City University.
Davis also competed as Kristie Stenglein, which is her maiden name, and as Kristie Marano, which was her first married name.
For inspiring thousands of young women to follow her footsteps as the most decorated female wrestler in U.S. history, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame proudly inducts Kristie Davis as a 2018 Distinguished Member.
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